<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 25 Jun 2018 07:01:23 -0700Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:01:23 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Gunshots & Horror': Residents Shaken Over Police Shooting]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 04:43:07 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Residents_Kept_Away_from_Home_During_Shooting_Investigation.jpg

Nearly 24 hours after gunfire erupted inside a College-area condominium complex, some residents are still being kept from their homes.

The shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. Saturday when San Diego police offers were shot at when they were responding to a violent disturbance call. Two officers were shot but are expected to fully recover from their injuries, San Diego police Chief David Nisleit said.

“I'm blessed that none of our officers died,” he said. “We have one who is very seriously injured, but it looks like he'll make a full recovery so I'm very thankful for that.”

The chief also said the suspect was dressed in body armor when he started shooting at officers.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are now working to determine if he was killed by police gunfire or by a self-inflicted gunshot.

Tuscany Place, the building where the shooting took place, is still a crime scene Sunday night. Residents living closest to the crime scene are still being kept out of their home. There is no word on when they will be able to return home.

In the moments after the shooting, frightened residents scrambled for safety. Many residents are still shaken by the gunfire, still replaying everything that happened Saturday night.

“Gunshots and horror,” Triston Peyton said Saturday. Simple words but they speak volume and that horror carrying over into Sunday

“It’s crazy. It’s scary. It’s frightening,” Shaira Whitaker said.

Whitaker was in town on vacation for a few days before returning to Phoenix. She was with her parents when the shooting occurred. Whitaker was in a daze not knowing exactly what happened.

Things changed very quickly Saturday night. Michael O’Bannon-el was at home with his wife when it happened.

“All of a sudden we hear a series of gunshots going off like random like at least 13 pop-pop-pop-pop-pop, and so me and my wife get down on the ground,” he said.

Peyton said he heard the suspect arguing with someone before the shooting, but he still did not believe his ears when shots rang out. Peyton was living about 30 steps from where everything happened.

“At first I thought it was like trash cans banging,” he said. “I didn’t take it as serious.”

In a short period of time, though, what was a daze and fog became a horrifying reality.

“We were escorted out and we saw a police officer with her gun up the staircase and I was like this is serious this is a big deal,” Whitaker said.

For O’Bannon-el, who lived here for just over a year, he could not believe something like this happened so close to home. His apartment was one building over from where the shooting took place.

“It just makes me think, ‘when is the violence going to stop?’” O’Bannon-el said.

Instead of moving forward, society is moving backward and “getting more violent every day, every second,” he said.

A frustration shared by a lot of his neighbors.

<![CDATA[Permits Sought to Expand Otay Mesa Detention Center]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:48:02 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/detentioncenter1.jpg

An Arizona-based construction company has applied for permits for a proposed $6 million expansion of San Diego's Otay Mesa Detention Center, which houses immigrants awaiting court proceedings.

Private prison company CoreCivic contracts with the federal government to operate the center, the only one in San Diego County housing immigrants.

CoreCivic spokeswoman Amanda Gilchrist says the expansion was planned when the center was built in 2015 and has nothing to do with President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy of criminally prosecuting all who cross the border illegally.

Zero tolerance has increased detention center populations as people are taken into custody crossing the border.


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<![CDATA[Several Protesters Arrested at Otay Mesa Detention Center]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:05:02 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Protesters_Blocking_Entrance_to_Otay_Mesa_Detention_Facility.jpg

Several protesters were arrested at the Otay Mesa Detention Center Saturday afternoon.

The people taken into custody were charged with unlawful assembly and assault when one of the protesters threw what looked like oranges or tangerines at a detention center employee's car as the employee was leaving work. Protesters also chained themselves to makeshift border walls and blocked the entry of detention center employees driving into work. 

The protesters, identified as Generation Justice and PICO California, say they don't want to let anyone working at the facility leave because they want them to feel what it's like being held prisoner against their will.

That's the objective of these protesters.

One of the guards who was leaving work was stopped and had to abandon his car. The California Highway Patrol escorted him back to the detention center. The guard had to take off his uniform and the protesters followed him all the way to the gate.

The protesters also chained themselves to a metal barricade for a make-shift wall. They said they will leave until there is a change in the Trump Administration zero-tolerance policy or they are arrested.

The policy directs the Justice Department to prosecute anyone caught entering the country illegally, which is a misdemeanor and often carries no jail sentence. 

Another group of protesters also showed up. They arrived from a protest at a federal building in Los Angeles. They were protesting at the entrance gate to the facility, away from the Generation Justice protesters.

A detainee inside the center told NBC 7 over the phone that the detainees were planning their own protest, but they were also threatened by the employees at the center to not cheer for the protesters outside. 

The detainee said they are on strike and will not do any work asked of them like cleaning and volunteer work going forward. She also said the detainees were kept inside because of the protests and were not allowed to watch the news. 

The woman said she has been in the country since she was seven, but got a DUI and was detained. 

<![CDATA[#PermitPatty: Woman Calls Cops Over Girl, 8, Selling Water ]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:51:17 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLPatty_3236860.JPEG

A California woman has been dubbed "Permit Patty" online after she was captured on cell phone video calling police on an 8-year-old girl selling water outside her San Francisco apartment building.

The incident happened Friday near AT&T Park where the Giants play. The young girl was on the sidewalk outside her apartment building selling water to raise money to help her mother pay for a trip to Disneyland.

That's when, according to the girl's mother, Alison Ettel, approached them and said she was calling the police on 8-year-old Jordan for not having a permit.

Ettel told NBC's "Today" show she was working from home and Jordan's sales pitch was "loud and disruptive."

"I had to tried to be polite but I was stern I said, 'Please I’m trying to work, you’re screaming, you're yelling, and people have open windows. It’s a hot day. Can you please keep it down,'" Ettel said.

But Erin Austin, Jordan's mother, refute’s Ettel's account, saying "she never asked us to be quiet. She just came out and directly demanded to see a permit to sell water from an 8-year-old."

It was not immediately clear what happened before the video began recording. The now-viral video posted to Austin's Instagram begins with Ettels walking away from Austin, and is seen crouching behind a stoop. Ettels appears to be talking to someone on her cell phone as Austin follows her.

"This woman don’t want to let a little girl sell some water. She be calling police on an 8-year-old little girl,” the woman filming can be heard saying. "You can hide all you want, the whole world gon’ see ya, boo."

"Yeah and, um, illegally selling water without a permit?” Ettel can be heard saying on the phone.

Austin posted the video to her Instagram with the caption: "an 8-year-old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the Police." She also called the woman "#PermitPatty."

The post quickly went viral and sparked outrage online, with many accusing Ettels of racism.

Ettels told "Today" she only called police to ask if it was legal to sell water without a permit where the mother and daughter were positioned along the street and claimed the incident was not racially motivated.

"I want the mother to know this was nothing to do with race at all. It had everything to do with the disturbance," Ettels told "Today." "I was very stressed out. I definitely made comments that I never would have in any other situation, and it's not an excuse."

Ettel said before confronting Jordan and Austin she asked a security guard to ask them to quiet down. Ettel added that she could not see who the people, she could only hear them.

The security guard later told Ettel he could not get them to move and wasn't able to do anything further regarding the incident.

Ettel said she then called police to ask if the water could be sold without a permit. She alleges police told her it was illegal to do so and asked if she wanted law enforcement officials to respond to the scene, but she declined. 

But an SFPD spokeswoman told NBC News, that there was no immediate record of any calls that were made to their department from Ettel.

Austin said she is upset that her daughter had to experience this negative interaction with Ettel.

"I didn't think in San Francisco my biracial child would have to go through something like this," Austin said.

But Jordan may not need to sell bottles of water to raise money for a Disney trip anymore. The company has reached out to the family and offered them free tickets to visit the theme park.

Meanwhile, Ettel said she has received hate mail and death threats since the video was posted, noting that her address and phone number have been made public.

Looking back, Ettel admitted that she wishes she would have never brought up the permit issue when confronting Austin. She said she just wanted them to quiet down.

"I'm not proud of how I acted," Ettel said. "I would have taken a walk. I would have done something, not that. It was all in the heat of the moment, and it was wrong."

The viral video reached pop culture status over the weekend, getting spoofed by "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong. In a video posted to Strong's Instagram account, the comedian, donning a blond wig, calls police on a boquet of flowers that is "illegally drinking my water." 

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<![CDATA[Thousands March in San Diego Against Family Separation]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 21:36:25 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/206*120/pro+immigrant+rally+623.PNG

Thousands of people marched in two San Diego demonstrations Saturday against the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

At least 5,000 people gathered in downtown San Diego to protest separating migrant children from their parents at the border.

The rally started at Civic Center Plaza at 10 a.m. and the group marched to the ICE regional field office on Front Street.

The organizers, Families Belong Together, said they are also protesting the condition the children are being kept in and the emotional trauma suffered by their separation.

"It's just an injustice," Daniel Rodriguez said. "I'm mad about it but the good thing is that privilege to have citizenship so I can speak out for my brothers and sisters that don't have citizenship."

Another group marched to the Otay Mesa Detention Center on Saturday afternoon. 

More than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents while crossing the border illegally or seeking asylum since the Trump administration began their zero-tolerance border crossing policy six weeks ago.

Following a bipartisan backlash, the president signed an executive order last week to end family separation and hold families in detention together, but it is unclear how the thousands of children who have already been separated from their parents will be reunited. 

"The executive order while not separating does nothing to address the 2300 children that have already been separated," Terri Leyton said. "We don't even know where their parents are and how they're going to put them back together and reunite these families."

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<![CDATA[Man Injured in Lakeside Shooting]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:45:30 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+tape.PNG

A man was injured in a shooting Sunday in Lakeside but would not tell deputies what happened, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

The shooting happened around 11:30 at a home in the 10000 block of Duncan Drive, San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Amber Baggs said.

A man was shot in the arm and was taken to the hospital, but he was not cooperating, deputies said.

There were six people in the house at the time of the shooting, but they were not cooperating either, deputies said.

Deputies do not think there were other suspects and there was no public threat.

<![CDATA[Majority of Americans Approve of Trump's Handling of the Economy: Survey]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:13:45 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_18169588313062.jpg

For the first time since he became president, more than half the public approves of Donald Trump's handling of the economy, according to a CNBC All-America Economic Survey.

The president’s economic approval rating surged 6 points to 51 percent with just 36 percent of the public disapproving, a 6 point drop from the March Survey.

Trump's overall approval rating remains negative at minus 6, but he's reached the lowest negative rating recorded since he took office.

The survey suggests that the recent controversy over the president’s decision to separate children from their parents at the border has had little effect on his approval, CNBC reported.

The poll surveyed 800 adults nationwide from June 16 to 19, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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<![CDATA[Police Waiting for Car-Theft Suspect to Emerge from Linda Vista Canyon]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:10:15 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPDPic0709_1200x675_300606531741.jpg

Police have backed out of Tecolote Canyon in the searching for a car-theft suspect Sunday afternoon and are waiting for him to emerge.

The suspect fled on foot into the canyon after being spotted in the reported stolen car around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Genessee Avenue and Mt. Alifan Drive, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Officers pursued the suspect to the 6300 block of Caminito Del Pastel, about one mile from the University of San Diego, where he abandoned on the vehicle and fled into the canyon, police said.

About an hour later, police pulled out of the canyon of the rough terrain. Officers are waiting for the suspect to emerge from the canyon, police said.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-10 Hispanic man with short hair and wearing a black hoodie.

The stolen car was located through its LoJack device, police said.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Police Shooting: 2 Officers Hurt, Suspect Dead]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:00:59 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Credit-deecodeee-on-Twitter-1.jpg

A suspect is dead after opening fire and injuring two police officers at a San Diego apartment late Saturday night, police said.

“As you can imagine, last night was a rough night for the San Diego Police Department," Chief David Nisleit said at a Sunday morning news conference. 

Police received a call about a "disturbance with violence" around 10:15 p.m. at the Tuscany Place apartment complex on the 4800 block of Rolando Court, about one mile from San Diego State University, he said.

“We have responded numerous times to this location over the last several years," Nisleit said. 

When officers responded, they smelled what they thought was smoke and fire and requested the assistance of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Officers knocked on the door and got no response so they opened the door, he said. 

"As soon as they open the door, they were met with gunfire," Nisleit said.

The officers returned fire, and two of the officers were injured in the shooting, he said. One officer was hit multiple times. It's unknown how many total rounds were fired in the exchange.

The injured officers were taken to the hospital for treatment, the chief said. One officer was seriously injured, and the other officer has unknown injuries, Nisleit said.

"They're both expected to make a full recovery," he said. 

The injured officers were three- and 18-year veterans of Eastern Division, the chief said.

Nisleit wrote a statement on Twitter Sunday morning that read: "I'm thankful that our officers are expected to make a full recovery. I'm grateful to all of our San Diego County Law Enforcement Officers and Deputies who responded to our call for help last night. I ask that you please send your prayers to our injured officers and their families as they begin their road to recovery." 

The suspect was wearing body armor and has an "extensive criminal history," Nisleit said. 

A firefighter, who was accompanying the officers, got out the way when the shootout started and hid inside another apartment until he was rescued by a SWAT team, Nisleit said.

It was unclear whether the suspect died by police fire or a self-inflicted injury because officers have not been able to enter the unit, the chief said.

He didn't specify how officers confirmed the suspect was dead.

Officers were still waiting for a warrant to enter to the unit to conduct a search, Nisleit said.

When the officers were injured in the shooting, the San Diego Police Department requested assistance from all law enforcement agencies in the county, including the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, National City and Carlsbad police departments.

Rolando residents were asked to shelter in place during the incident. Some from a few blocks away said they could hear five to six shots echo through the neighborhood. 

Residents of Tuscany Place were evacuated, though some chose to shelter in place, as officers assessed the scene, Nisleit said. All evacuated residents were allowed back in their homes as of 2 a.m.

Officers will be at the scene for the rest of the day and maybe into Sunday night.

Two homicide teams will coordinate on the investigation. One team will focus on processing the scene while the other team will take witness statements. 

This story is developing. Refresh the page for updates.

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<![CDATA[Officials: Mattis Out of Loop, Trump Doesn't Listen to Him]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:48:59 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mattisAP_18148645773069.jpg

Officials say Defense Secretary James Mattis has been caught off guard by President Donald Trump's decisions on things like the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a pause in U.S. military exercises with South Korea, NBC News reported

Officials say the president has been relying less and less on Mattis' advice — a stark contrast from his early enthusiasm for the retired four-star Marine general and one of his earliest Cabinet members. Former and current administration officials say that their relationship has cooled because Trump believes Mattis looks down on him and slow walks his policy directives. 

"They don't really see eye to eye," said a former senior White House official who has closely observed the relationship. 

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<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Migrant Boy Runs Away From Texas Facility]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:25:28 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/casa-padreGettyImages-983247890.jpg

Police said Sunday that a 15-year-old boy ran away from the Texas shelter for migrant children, Casa Padre, NBC News reported

The boy had been in conversations to be reunited with a man whom he called his father, but details on the man weren't immediately clear. There was a discrepancy with a DNA test, and before it could be sorted out, the child ran away Saturday. 

A police source told NBC the boy is in Mexico and the man he calls his father is sending him money to get him back to Honduras. 

"As a licensed child care center, if a child attempts to leave any of our facilities, we cannot restrain them," Southwest Key said in a statement. "We are not a detention center. We talk to them and try to get them to stay. If they leave the property, we call law enforcement."

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<![CDATA[Trump Accuses San Diego Mayor of Tipping ICE Raids]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:56:54 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/angelfamiliesAP_18173717091576.jpg President Donald Trump also bashed "the mayor of San Diego" for warning citizens about immigration agent raids. But the mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, is a Republican who did not provide a tip.
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<![CDATA[Largest Ship in Coast Guard Fleet Docks in San Diego]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 23:27:07 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/USS+Healy.png

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy docked in San Diego on Saturday after a six-month maintenance period to pick up scientific equipment for its next mission to the Arctic.

The ship is one of two U.S. military vessels capable of operating in Arctic waters.

"One of the reasons we pulled into San Diego is one of our partners is here — one of our longstanding partners — the Scripps Institute of Oceanography." Healy's commanding officer Capt. Greg Tlapa said. "The Scripps Institute typically deploys with Healey ... and they take care of maintenance of a lot of our science sensors. So being down here and having them aboard is beneficial to us."

The Healy is scheduled to deploy to the Arctic later this summer to provide access in the Arctic to conduct three major research missions in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Naval Research. 

They will conduct physical and biological research in the Arctic Ocean.

"We're going back to re-current places where we collect sampling off the ocean bottom in the water column and sometimes out of the ice to study and examine climate change over time," Tlapa said.

In addition scientific research, the Healy also provides protection for ships in the Arctic as well as search and rescue missions.

"What Healy brings to the fight, our value to the nation is access to the Polar Regions," Tlapa said. "Healy is the only US military surface operation presence in the Arctic and we get a big bang for the buck by conducting science while we're up there."

At 420-foot long, the Healy is the largest ship in the Coast Guard's fleet.

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Suspect Leads Police on Chase, Crashes]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:33:53 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-police-lights-101917.jpg

A hit-and-run suspect was arrested Sunday afternoon after leading officers on a chase that ended with him crashing into another car in Grantville, police said.

The initial hit-and-run was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the 3700 block of Wightman near Cherokee Point Elementary School, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

Police spotted the vehicle and started to give chase. The car then hit another vehicle at the 4300 block of Wightman near City Heights Weingart Library, Buttle said.

The chase ended on Waring Road under the Interstate 8 west overpass after the suspect crashed into a van.

The suspect attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended, Buttle said.

No one was injured in the crash.

Police have yet to release the identification of the suspect.

It was unclear if drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Sheriff's Deputy ]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:53:51 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_1430470315.jpg

A motorcyclist died after colliding with a San Diego sheriff’s deputy vehicle late Sunday morning around 11:41 a.m. on South Coast Highway 101 at Encinitas Boulevard.

The motorcyclist was riding northbound at a high speed, according to witnesses. 

The deputy was driving southbound and started to make a left turn when the collision happened. 

"By the time I got over there, the police officer was doing CPR, and I just remember the pushing and the pushing," Laurie Michael said. 

Michael is a vendor at the Seaside Bazaar and a normally vibrant day, filled with music and art turned into a fatal crash investigation. 

"We are here every weekend," she said. "We see things happening but never like this."

The Encinitas Fire Department responded, and the rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deputy was not injured.

It is unclear how the crash happened but Michael said the motorcyclist may have been doing stunts on the road.

"[He] was careening down [Highway] 101 doing a wheelie," she said.

Coast Highway, though, busy is normally safe, Michael said. She said seeing the motorcyclist died on front her will stay with her forever.

"Here is someone who was alive a moment before and then the next minute they are reviving him," she said.

The motorcyclist's identity has not been released.

<![CDATA[Person of Interest in Custody in Vista Homicide ]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:11:19 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_8.jpg

Vista Sheriff’s deputies have taken a person of interest into custody in a homicide investigation in Vista. 

The person of interest was found a few blocks from the scene on Grapevine after crashing his car and running away. 

Deputies found a man unresponsive inside an apartment in the 100 block of Hill Drive early Sunday morning.

Deputies responded to the home just before 4 a.m. after two people living in the apartment complex noticed a trail of blood leading to an open apartment door and found a man lying face down on the floor.

The man had serious injuries to his upper body.

Lt. Rich Williams with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department described the scene as violent and bloody.

“It’s unusual to find such a violent crime,” Lt. Williams said.

Fire department personnel attempted life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Homicide Unit was called to the scene and has taken over responsibility for the investigation.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy in order to determine the victim’s cause and manner of death.

The victim has not yet been identified, pending notification of family.

Deputies have not said whether the person of interest is a suspect. 

<![CDATA[Study Maps County's Most Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:12:56 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cyclists_Start_Petition_for_Bike_Lane_on_Longfellow_Bridge.jpg

A new study maps the most dangerous roads for cyclists in San Diego County.

The study, commissioned by local personal injury attorney Mike Bomberger, pinpoints the exact spots where people on bikes are getting hit and injured in collisions with cars, like the intersection of Midway Drive and Rosecrans Street.

According to crash data over the past seven years, 15 crashes involving bikes with 16 injuries make it the number one most dangerous crossing.

The intersection features several turning lanes going in multiple directions. Pair that with hectic, anxious, distracted and late drivers sometimes running stale yellow or even red lights, and you get a safety nightmare for oft-forgotten cyclists.

Midway Drive doesn't have bike lanes and the bike lanes along Rosecrans Street are dangerously close to fast-moving cars.

According to the study, from 2010 to 2016 there were 6,824 bicycle crashes in San Diego County documented by law enforcement. Of those crashes, only 177 did not involve any type of injury.

To be fair, many of the high-crash zones are in areas where you'll find people on bikes not obeying the rules and riding irresponsibly.

Bomberger represents a lot of cyclists. He’s an avid rider himself and has been hit three times by drivers.

He hopes that by isolating the problem areas, the study will help city leaders and decision makers better prioritize where to make improvements.

Ultimately he wants more bike lanes, but specifically, he wants protected bike lanes similar to the lanes you’ll find in Seattle, Washington, with different colored pavement.

“Other cities are far ahead of us in their cycling infrastructure and what I was hoping to do through this study was identify areas that are dangerous so we can try and make those areas more safe,” Bomberger said.

For a more detailed look at where the crashes between cyclists and cars are happening, including in your neighborhood, click here.

<![CDATA[Man Who Stuffed Dead Woman Into Suitcase Sentenced to Life]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:17:54 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_PALMER+SENTENCING.jpg

A San Diego man convicted of raping and killing a co-worker in a jealous rage then stuffing her body in a suitcase will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Friday. 

Convicted murderer Joshua Palmer asked family and friends of 21-year-old Shauna Haynes — who was found dead on April 6, 2016, inside a suitcase left near trash bins outside The Chadwick apartment building in downtown San Diego — to forgive him before he was sentenced. 

"Forgive me so God can help you heal and restore to you the peace and joy and love you deserve," Palmer said. "Forgive me not for my sake but your own."

The family did not offer any forgiveness when, one by one, they stood in front of the court to share words. 

"I don’t want to spend this time focusing on what happened to her and the person who has done it. He knows what he did and he has to live with that for the rest of his life," Shauna Haynes' sister Jeanette said. 

The family shared memories of the 21-year-old's life and detailed the first moment they met their adopted daughter, taking her out to dinner where they were surprised when the four-year-old ordered a salad. 

"Shauna will never be able to take her children to a restaurant," her mother Shirley Hayes said." She will never be surprised by what her child might say or do. You took that away from her, away from me." 

Prosecutors described the victim as a platonic friend of the defendant.  The two worked together at the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant.

Palmer killed her after he watched Haynes, who he desired as a girlfriend, have sex with two other people in his apartment, prosecutors said.

Palmer said the two had a fight after having sex with two other people. 

"We had sex, it was completely consensual. She rolled over and went to sleep and I pulled out my phone and I started to videotape her. I made some videotapes and she caught me and she freaked out. She freaked out," Palmer told a police detective in a recorded interview played during the trial.

At that point, Haynes ran out of the room. according to Palmer. He said that was the last time he saw her.

"You threw Shauna away in the trash because that’s what you thought of her and to cover up the fact that you killed her," friend Karen Schreiner said at the sentencing Friday. "I cannot accept your excuses for killing her. You had choices."

The day Haynes' body was discovered, Palmer called 911 to file a false missing person report.

In the call, Palmer tells a dispatcher he last saw Haynes, who he referred to as his girlfriend, at 12:30 in the morning on Tuesday and she has bipolar disorder.

Palmer sent text messages from the victim’s cellphone to family members to make it appear as if Haynes was still alive.

Jurors did not believe Palmer's account that the sex was consensual and convicted him of murder during rape, murder during sodomy and murder during sexual penetration.

When the judge sentenced Palmer Friday, she said, "I expected you to show some remorse. I expected you to accept responsibility for how her life ended. I am truly saddened to see that, after all the evidence that the jury heard in this case...that you still want to blame everybody else but yourself."

Palmer does not have the possibility for parole. 

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<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 22:41:29 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*131/GettyImages-976548968.jpg

Here is a preview of that is going on in San Diego sports for the week of June 25th-July first.

PADRES: The Friars head to the Lone Star State for interleague play to start the week. Monday-Wednesday they’re in Arlington, Texas to face the Rangers. Thursday is a travel day as they head home to host the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday-Sunday. Friday night is Party in the Park: ‘80s Theme while Saturday is a Trevor Hoffman 500th Save Commemorative Bobblehead giveaway, and Sunday is a Theme Game where you can purchase a special ticket package and get a 4th of July had. The Buccos have a trio of pitchers with San Diego connections: Grossmont High alums Steven Brault and Joe Musgrove and Trevor Williams from Rancho Bernardo High.


-MENS ROWING: Friday at the Henley Royal Regatta Qualifying at the Henley on Thames in the UK.

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<![CDATA[EBT System Goes Down for Planned Outage]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:45:55 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ebtgettyimages-1129911.jpg

Users of Electronic Benefits Transfer cards for CalFresh and CalWorks will not be able to use those cards for 24 hours started Saturday night.

The cards will stop working from 11 p.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. Sunday because of a planned statewide service outage.

The state is transitioning from its current EBT vendor to a new one. The customer service number listed on the EBT card as well as the EBT website will also be out of service during the transition.

Cardholders were urged to do their shopping and make necessary cash withdrawals before the service outage.

Those affected by the service outage and are in need of emergency food assistance may call the 2-1-1 for a listing of emergency feeding sites that are opened this weekend, the San Deigo Foodbank said. The sites are hosted by the Food Bank's partners.

EBT cards replaced food stamps under federally supported welfare program and can be used to buy groceries at participating stores and also allowed recipients to make cash withdrawals.

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<![CDATA[NCTD Ends Fare Subsidy Program for Students]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:20:35 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/North_County_s_Transit_District_Explained.jpg

The successful North County Transit District program that offered reduced fares for students at Cal State San Marcos, Vista Adult School, Mira Costa and Palomar colleges will be ending this month, the agency said.

The program was made possible through a grant by the California Low Carbon Transit Operations Program and the grant fund is running out. The program lowered the $59 monthly Sprinter/Breeze pass by $25 for students.

The purpose of the LCTOP is to lower carbon emissions in the state through various programs. It is funded from state carbon credit sales in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

“Getting students out of cars and onto transit is not just a benefit to our congested roads here in North County, but also a contribution to having cleaner air in this beautiful region,” NCTD’s executive director Matthew Tucker said.

The grant's fare subsidy program also helped the district to maintain ridership for the Sprinter.

While the $25 discount from the grant will no longer be available, the district will still offer its usual $10 discount to students, NCTD spokesman Eric Sawyer said.

Students may also qualify for additional discounts through their schools.

The district will now use the LCTOP funds to buy electric buses to help the region meet emission reduction goals. 

"By 2020 we expect to have sufficient funds to be able to purchase six electric buses," Sawyer said.

LCTOP allows agencies to roll over the funds they receive for up to three years.

Currently, more than 80 percent of NCTD's 163-bus fleet use natural gas, which have lower emissions than diesel or standard gasoline buses, but electric buses have zero emissions.

“Electric buses will be a great addition to NCTD’s current fleet,” Tucker said. “The eventual transition to an all-electric fleet is our goal and this is a great step in the right direction.”

<![CDATA[Mexico Fans in California Celebrate Win Against S. Korea, Block Street ]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 21:50:12 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/woman+with+mexican+flag.PNG

Fans in San Diego woke up early to cheer Mexico on to their 2-1 victory against South Korea Saturday.

Fans in National City were so excited that they temporarily blocked a part of Highland Avenue during their celebrations, and an MTS bus had to be rerouted.

“If you ain’t here, you’re missing out!” one fan at the Machete Beer House in National City told NBC 7. He said he thought it would still be difficult for Mexico to win the World Cup, “but it’s possible.”

The National City pub was packed with anxious and hardcore fans Saturday morning who feasted on chilaquiles and craft beer as they watched the match play out.

Mexico earned its first win since their upset against Germany last weekend. The team scored their first goal just 26 minutes into the match against a struggling South Korea team who have now lost their opening two matches.

“I feel glorious, just the victory, so emotional,” another fan said as his elated friend attacked him with a hug. “You just feel it all over yourself – it’s just proud. We’re just so proud at the moment.” He said if you’re confident in your team anything is possible and they could make it to the final. “Viva Mexico!”

“To see everyone come together, it’s really great,” a female fan who was wearing the Mexican flag around her said. 

Fred Sanchez, a Mariachi performer who had just come from a show at a restaurant said he was representing Mexico both in spirit and in attire. “Mexico has been doing great,” he added.

Mexico next plays Sweden on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Camp Pendleton Fire Grows to 325 Acres]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:31:50 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Child-on-Child_Sex_Assaults_at_Camp_Pendleton_Overlooke.jpg

The Pendleton Fire Department is battling a 325-acre brush fire at Camp Pendleton near Range 600.

The fire quickly grew from 75 acres just before 1 p.m. to 325 acres around 3:15 p.m.

The fire is holding with parameters and is no threat to any structures or populated area, Sgt. Hector Bejesus said.

Crews are getting a good handle on the fire, according to Camp Pendleton officials.

Fire officials are not requesting any additional resources.

Check back on this breaking story for updates. 

<![CDATA[Thousands Protest Downtown Against Migrant Family Separation ]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 22:32:50 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/161*120/pro+immirant+rally+2.PNG

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